Mercedes and AMG have been making hot versions of the C-Class for some time. Now they’ve turned out two more, the C63 and C450 AMG 4Matic, which are coming to the market soon. Both are cars owners will be able to use for getting to and from work and even running errands, unlike the AMG GT, but will still throw down on the track and shred plenty of tires in glorious fashion.
The top-of-the-line C63 packs a dangerous weapon under the hood, the new 4.0-liter biturbo engine astute readers will recognize as being a close relative of the same engine powering the AMG GT. Peak output is considerable at 476 horsepower. Those who crave even more performance can upgrade to the C63 S, which thunders out 510 horsepower. Mercedes-AMG claims the engine is more fuel efficient than any other eight-cylinder used in modern performance vehicles, which is an odd fact. Helping the driver wrangle all of that power is an AMG Ride Control sport suspension that has a mechanical rear locking differential and shock absorbers which are controlled electronically. Acceleration from 0 to 62 is brisk for the C63 at 4.1 seconds, while the C63 S turns it out in 4 seconds flat.
Even though the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4Matic isn’t as potent, it’s still no slouch. The company says it’s an entry-level model that’s designed to ease owners into the lunacy of AMG, getting them hooked so they’ll want more. It packs a 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 engine that puts out 367 horsepower. Excellent traction comes via an AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, plus the same suspension that’s used in the C63. Sprinting from 0 to 62 mph takes just 4.9 seconds, which is a pretty respectable time.
Of course in Europe consumers will be able to get both the C63 and C450 AMG 4Matic in wagon form, while in the States we’re stuck with only the sedan. Mercedes says both models will hit dealerships in June of 2015.